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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

to be joined by the Lady Mary Wortley Montague 10. have not been witness to the rhapsody of mystic nonsense which these two fair ones debate incessantly, and consequently cannot figure what must be the issue of this triple alliance: we have some idea of it. Only figure the coalition of prudery, debauchery, sentiment, history, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, and metaphysics; all, except the second, understood by halves, by quarters, or not at all. You shall have the journals of this notable academy. Adieu, my dear
West!
Yours ever,
HOE. WALPOLE.
Though far unworthy to enter into so learned and political a correspondence, I am employed $our barbouiller ^we page de 7 pouces et demie en hauteur, et 5 en largeur; and to inform you that we are at Florence, a city of Italy, and the capital of Tuscany: the latitude I cannot justly tell, but it is governed by a prince called Great Duke; an excellent place to employ all one's animal sensations in, but utterly contrary to one's rational powers. I have struck a medal upon myself: the device is thus—0, and the motto Nihilissimo, which I take in the most concise manner to contain a full account of my person, sentiments, occupations, and late glorious successes. If you choose to be annihilated too, you cannot do better than undertake this journey. Here you shall get up at twelve o'clock, breakfast till three, dine till five, sleep till six, drink cooling liquors till eight, go to the bridge till ten, sup till two, and so sleep till twelve again.
Lahore fessi venimus ad larem nostrum, Desideratoque acquiescimus lecto :
letters.    Towards the  end of her     of Evelyn Pierrepont, Duke of Bang-life she lived entirely in Italy with     ston, by his first wife,  Lady Mary her cioisheo, Cavaliere Mozzi;   she     Fielding;  m. (1712) Edward Wox-t-died at Pisa, 1781.                              ley-Montagu; d. 1762. 10 Lady Mary Pierrepont, daughter